Baguio’s popularity as a top Philippine destination has spurred the production of a large variety of souvenir items, handicrafts and edibles familiar to Filipinos all over the world.
Oh, we have quite a lot — from homegrown coffee to bee honey, from silver trinkets to giant wooden statues, from fresh vegetables and fruits to processed meats, from original artwork to home decor — and I am about to tell you about them all.
The folks in Baguio City and the Cordillera Region of the Philippines also have this great ability to create their own wines, by the way. The most popular of these are the tapuey (also called tapuy or tapey), which is a fermented rice wine and strawberry wine, of course
Whether for your own consumption or as a business opportunity, this page will be your guide to finding out all that we have.
Benguet is home to numerous apiaries that extract the sweetest honey from a myriad of wild and cultured flowers and plants, including coffee. Be careful to purchase honey that is ‘branded’ because some of those sold at the city market may be made from just sugar.
Narda’s is the pioneer and leader of all original woven art, although the Easter Weaving Room has trained young women and kept these traditions alive for decades and decades now. Handwoven products can be found in all souvenir stalls at major tourist spots.
Garments & Other Export Items
The Baguio Export Processing Zone (BEPZ) is home to many large factories that manufacture apparel for such brands as Liz Clairborne, Gap, Dockers, Old Navy, Abercrombie and Fitch, Tretorn and a host of others. The two largest companies operating at the BEPZ are Texas Instruments Philippines, Inc., manufacturing computers and peripherals as well as Moog Controls Corporation Philippines, which manufactures airplane guidance systems, among others.
Baguio Brooms or “Walis Tambo”
I have purposely left for last the absolutely most popular product that everyone always takes home — the famous Baguio broom or “walis tambo!” These brooms come with woven or wooden handles that usually bear the name “Baguio City.” They are such a popular cleaning implement in every Filipino household that there are China-made copies already being sold in Manila. Actually, the brooms are made in nearby Sablan, Benguet, from the flower of the tiger grass (“Thysanolaena maxima”), which the natives call boyboy (pronounced “booybooy”) and sold there by the road-side, but the Baguio City market is provides visitors with the widest selections to choose from.